Parkway Drive's musical style has changed throughout their career. While at their original and early stages, the band was simply a melodic metalcore band, the sound of their later albums led to a progressive metalcore sound. Killing with a Smile is the first album to feature an aggressive guitar tone, and was their breakthrough album. This album is generally considered to be Parkway Drive's heaviest. Horizons is the band's second album, and is generally considered their most melodic and experimental album. Parkway Drive has featured a variety of guest musicians and vocalists on their albums, ranging from members of the band to guests such as Ian Astbury, Chris Broderick, Chimp Spanner (from The Distillers), Dan Donegan, The Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Zoltan Bathory. Their lyrics deal with mental illness, substance abuse, family and love. They also have a fascination with human anatomy and have frequently made references to this in their lyrics. Their live shows are also known for violent imagery and stage diving. At a later point, they have been referred to as a “Suicidal Tendencies for teens.”
On October 16, 2008, bassist and founder of Parkway Drive, Daniel “Gus” Visconti, was arrested and briefly detained by police in New Jersey after the paper work for a traffic violation was allegedly expired. Visconti was later released without charge. A few months later, on March 25, 2009, Visconti was arrested in Queens, New York, for allegedly assaulting his neighbour after the neighbour's dog was allegedly dug up from under his basement. He was issued a restraining order and released later that day.
On July 15, 2009, lead vocalist, guitarist and founding member, Luke Holland, and bassist and founding member Daniel “Gus” Visconti announced that they were leaving Parkway Drive. Holland has stated that he left the band to work on other projects, and Visconti was forced out of the band due to their rift with Holland. The remaining band members, guitarist Dominic Briant and drummer Mark Evans, have been struggling to replace Holland. On July 23, the band announced on their official website that their lead vocalist, Luke Holland was engaged and planning on marrying his girlfriend.
In February 2016, Parkway Drive announced that they would be releasing a new album later in the year. It was confirmed that the new album would be titled Throne of Blood and was set to be released on June 23. On March 3, 2016, the band's drummer, Chris Reifert, announced his departure from the band to focus on other projects and was replaced by former Bad Wolves drummer, Johnny Plague. 827ec27edc